Lincoln County Community Theater will open its production of “Doubt: A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley Friday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the downtown Lincoln Theater. The play is directed by Al D’Andrea, and the cast features actors from Portland to Cushing.

“Doubt” has garnered critical acclaim and awards since its debut in 2005. The play was heralded as Best Play of the Year by more than 10 newspapers and magazines including Time, Entertainment Weekly and The Wall Street Journal. The Broadway performances of “Doubt” have received numerous awards, collecting eight nominations for the 2005 Tony Awards and winning four Tonys including Best Play. For “Doubt,” Shanley was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an award he could put on the mantle next to his Academy Award for Best Screenplay for the 1987 film, “Moonstruck.”

While “Doubt” is a serious drama about complicated human and social issues, it also is very funny and entertaining. Set in a Catholic school in 1964, “Doubt” explores what happens when a hard-headed, strict principal — a nun named Sister Aloysius — comes to believe that a young priest has molested a male student. She has no real evidence, just what she calls her “certainties.” The power of Shanley’s writing is given full rein by the talented performances of Suzanne Rankin, Jennifer True, Bill Vaughn and Shelia Jackson.

This thought-provoking drama will be presented Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Nov. 14. Tickets are $12. For reservations, call 563-3424.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.